Monthly Archives: September 2017

Confucius Institute Day Cultural Show: Great Success 西澳“孔子学院日”文艺演出赢得满堂喝彩

Last night a full house at the Octagon theatre witnessed a stunning presentation by 24 teachers and students from China’s Zhejiang Art Academy. Beautiful dance, astonishing music and spectacular staging came together in a Chinese cultural feast that was enjoyed by an appreciative audience of more than 600 people, including the Consul-General of Perth and representatives from the University of Western Australia and the State Government.

The performance celebrated two important events: Confucius Institute Day and the 30th Anniversary of the Sister State relationship between Western Australia and Zhejiang Province. An effective marketing campaign resulted in tickets selling out four days before the event and there was a waitlist of people hoping for an opportunity to see the show.

This highly anticipated performance was a great success. The opening dance, Ancient Dance in New Rhythm showcased the amazing skills of the dancers and was followed by a diverse program of beautiful dance interwoven with extraordinary music played on Chinese traditional instruments by incredibly accomplished musicians. The program drew inspiration from the cultural traditions of many different ethnic groups from across china, from Tibet to Yunan to Mongolia, and to the She people of Zhejiang and Fujian province.

A special highlight was the Australian rock number by AC/DC, Thunderstruck, played on the pipa, erhu, guzheng, dizi. This piece resonated strongly with the audience – as they recognised the distinctive melody a delighted murmur spread through the theatre, followed by enthusiastic applause.

The finale of Heavenly West Lake, invited visitors from around the world to visit Hangzhou and experience its vibrancy and beauty for themselves.

The Zhejiang Art Academy has toured to the USA, Europe and Japan, but this was their first visit to Australia. They undertook months of preparation, including rehearsing during their summer holidays. This effort was rewarded with a fantastic performance that was greatly enjoyed by Perth locals.

The Confucius Institute hopes that in presenting events such as this we will provide opportunities for cultural exchange. To strengthen the exchange potential, we invited primary school students from Methodist Ladies’ College, Penrhos College and Oberthur to perform Chinese song and dance as part of the performance. The Academy will also visit three schools while in Perth, performing to another 1,400 people.

In addition, the Confucius Institute invited a local Noongar elder, Walter McGuire, to welcome the performers and audience onto Noongar land at the start of the show. All these different elements are part of our commitment to promoting cultural diversity and fostering cultural understanding and exchange.

We are proud that there has been strong demand for the Confucius Institute’s services. We now have 25 Chinese volunteers working with nearly 40 schools across WA, supporting their Chinese language programs. We are also actively engaged in local cultural activities, especially for Chinese New Year and Mid-autumn Festival, but also at many multi-cultural festivals and events across the vast State of Western Australia right throughout the year.





Photographs: Richard Watson and Joel Miller


中国驻澳大使到访西澳大学孔子学院 Chinese Ambassador Visits UWACI

On the afternoon of August 24   2017, the Chinese Ambassador to Australia, Mr Cheng Jingye, Counsellor Ms Miao Changxia, Chinese Consul General in Perth, Mr Lei Kezhong and their entourage visited the Confucius Institute at the University of Western Australia.  They met with Confucius Institute staff, volunteers and students, including the Nobel Laureate Professor Barry Marshall, and graciously had photographs taken with everyone. 

On behalf of the Confucius Institute, Associate Director Mr Chu Xianhua, welcomed the ambassador and provided a briefing about CI’s work, including our support to Chinese language teaching in WA, the ‘China in Conversation’ lecture series and varied Chinese cultural activities. Ambassador Cheng then made a speech. He first thanked CI staff for their efforts to promote Chinese language and to foster cultural understanding and exchange. He was pleasantly surprised to learn about the scale of CI and its wide range of services. The Ambassador encouraged teachers and volunteers to make persistent efforts to support CI’s mission.  He also encouraged the local students to progress in their Chinese studies. He remarked that the Chinese Embassy and Consulate-General in Australia will continue to support the Confucius Institute in making new contributions to exchanges and cooperation between China and Australia in the fields of education and culture.

8月24日下午,中国驻澳大利亚大使成竞业先生、参赞缪长霞女士、中国驻珀斯总领事雷克中先生等一行6人访问了西澳大学孔子学院,亲切会见了孔子学院的中澳方教职员工、志愿者、学生代表,其中包括诺贝尔医学奖得主巴里·马歇尔(Barry Marshall)教授,并与大家合了影。